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Rooms 50% off and ads in Russia: Sri Lanka woos tourists after attacks

10 Jun 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's battered tourism industry is trying to woo visitors back to beaches deserted after deadly Easter bombings, slashing hotel rates and pushing promotions in key markets like Russia.

India's Modi visits bombed Sri Lanka church, vows support after attacks

09 Jun 2019

COLOMBO Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday honoured those killed by Islamist militants in Sri Lanka's Easter bombings, vowing support for the island nation as Delhi seeks to counter the rise of China in the region.

Sri Lanka leader fires intelligence boss after criticism over bombings

08 Jun 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has fired the country's chief of national intelligence after he suggested the leader knew about warnings that deadly Easter bombings were in the works.

Sri Lanka leader rebuffs probe after criticism over Easter attacks

07 Jun 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday criticised a parliamentary investigation into the Easter bombings, a day after two high-profile testimonies accused him of mishandling the island's national security.

Australia minister in Sri Lanka stresses 'tough' asylum policy

04 Jun 2019

COLOMBO A senior minister restated Australia's tough border policy on a visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday amid reports that the Australian navy had intercepted and returned several boats carrying asylum seekers from the Indian Ocean island. | Video

Sri Lanka Muslim officials quit in solidarity with minister accused of Islamist ties

03 Jun 2019

COLOMBO Eight Muslim government officials in Sri Lanka quit their portfolios on Monday in solidarity with the industry minister accused by the opposition of supporting Islamist militants who killed more than 250 people on Easter Sunday.

UPDATE 2-Sri Lanka cuts rates to spur growth after deadly Easter attacks

31 May 2019

* Credit growth slows to near 5-1/2-year low in April (Adds cenbank chief's comments)

Sri Lanka central bank seen cutting rates to boost growth after Easter attacks: Reuters poll

29 May 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's central bank is widely expected to cut its key interest rates at a meeting on Friday, a Reuters poll showed, to support the economy after tourism and investment plummeted in the wake of Easter Sunday bombings.

Freed Sri Lanka Buddhist monk vows to expose Islamist militancy

28 May 2019

COLOMBO A hardline Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against minority Muslims in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday he planned to denounce Islamist militants after he was freed from prison last week by presidential pardon.

In tearful ceremony, Sri Lanka Catholics mark one month since bombings

21 May 2019

COLOMBO Weeping Sri Lankan Catholics lit candles and prayed in a memorial service outside a bombed church on Tuesday, one month after Easter bombings by Islamist militants killed more than 250 people. | Video

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